- President Museveni expected to speak at 8PM
- UPC demands that businesses be open
- UPC encourages government to engage in mass vaccinations
The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) says a lot is expected as pressure is mounting to re-open schools and other higher learning institutions, places of worship and entertainment industry as the nation awaits H.E. President Yoweri K. Museveni’s address tonight on COVID-19 pandemic measures.
According to the party’s Head of Communication Muzeeyi Faizol, there is need to begin opening up activities in our society while focusing on massive vaccinations against COVID-19 pandemic as well as ensuring stricter adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) since a fully functioning society is the one that can support the economy and equally raise enough revenue or income to finance the general welfare of our citizenry.
The party advises the government that objective observance of our neighbors who have managed to reopen their schools and other institutions of higher learning should be looked at with the view of applying best practices without jeopardizing the successes achieved. As of today, at each level of education, there is a backlog of classes, which may need extra innovation to handle the situation.
"Some schools have already shifted from their primary objectives and turned into residential facilities; others have been transformed into poultry farms while others are under the threat of being sold off by the banks to recover the loans." says Faizol.
All these need Government intervention so as to keep the education system moving forward. The pupils and students are not used to this situation of prolonged holidays at home. They are already feeling the pressure and some have been lured into negative social behaviors that may affect their studies if the safe reopening of schools is not achieved very soon.
UPC has, on several occasions called for greater efforts in procuring COVID-19 vaccines for effective and efficient vaccination of our people across the country to minimize the risks of spreading the virus.